Bu Kyung Jung! Training In Silence
Sydney Olympic Silver Medalist Bu Kyung Jung made his MMA debut at Yarennoka! in 2007, coming in on short notice to fight top Lightweight Shinya Aoki. In the fight he almost armbarred Aoki more than once. After that he kept fighting top Lightweights, losing against all of them.
After those losses, Jung planned to travel to America to train. However, after trying a training session at Korean Top Team just before he decided to stay since he was pleased with the training.
6 months have passed and Jung recently came out from his silent training to participate in an interview with mfight…
Striking and wrestling is the focus at KTT and Jung says that the training environment there is the best in Korea, he couldn’t have wished for anything better. Though he still hasn’t grown completely accustomed to the Wrestling style takedowns which don’t exist in Judo, he will continue to study it in depth.
Jung is very confident in his grappling skills, saying that if it’s at Lightweight, he is confident that he can win at grappling against any champion. However, he questions the meaning of only being a good grappler.
“Being good at only jiu jitsu and wrestling in MMA is meaningless. It’s meaningless if you aren’t well-rounded. Until now I’ve had problem with strategy and my striking technique has been insufficent.”
Jung currently has his attention set on J.Z. Calvan, whose fighting style he thinks suits for him. He would like to have a go at Calvan after polishing his striking just a little more.
Jung has abandoned his title as a Silver medalist, after 4 consecutive defeats, the only thing he fights for now is his self-respect.
“To the end, my objective is to become a champion of a major MMA organization. For that reason I intend to make a fresh start as a complete fighter. The cause for my 4 consecutive defeats is that I entered MMA half-heartedly, only having faith in my own grappling ability. I have learned a lot of things since those 4 consecutive defeats.”
Jung thinks that he’s a 70% MMA fighter at the present point. Even though he wants to attempt seeing how far he has come right now due to his competitive spirit, he won’t be satisfied unless he gets to 100%…
Source: Kamipro Korea Column